European authorities are distributing funds to enable small and medium-sized companies to automate, differentiate themselves and to become more competitive.
The percentage of (small and medium-sized) SMEs differs greatly from country to country. An extreme case is Spain where 99.3% of Spanish companies are SMEs with no more than 50 employees. Something very common to all SMEs is that they do not develop digitalization due to lack of financing or shortage of specialized personnel. In the European case, there is also a lack of knowledge about public incentive programs. Although almost half of the companies intend to access European funds, they do not know if they have eligible projects.
Continuing with the example of Spain, 35% of companies still have a very low degree of digitization. However, the vast majority of managers see it as a necessity, and it is expected that 60% will increase the budget allocated to digital development in 2022.
Companies must consider that it is not only a question of being more productive but also of resilience. Companies that do not innovate will not survive beyond five years. Sustainability is another key objective of the European funds. The aim is to create a greener, more digital and resilient Europe, prioritizing the well-being of people and the planet, with sustainable growth. In this sense, the idea that it is possible to be profitable and sustainable at the same time is gaining ground. A clear example can be found in the printing industry, where the use of remanufactured cartridges has a clear positive environmental impact, and also helps to reduce printing costs while generating wealth in the immediate environment (hundreds of kilometers). This is because it is a local process and not centralized in some other part of the world tens of thousands of kilometers away. This proximity factor, in turn, has a positive impact on resilience: the closure of factories on the other side of the world would have no effect on the local economy.
Finally, it is worth noting the interest of European SMEs in the digitization and automation of process management, over and above electronic invoicing, virtual offices, cybersecurity or secure communications.
If you have ever considered for your company to take the step towards greater automation and seek to differentiate yourself from your competitors, that time is now. The large amount of funds made available by the European authorities will not be repeated. Companies that take advantage of this moment to implement a solution like Nubeprint using the European funds will take an advantage over the rest that will allow them to build customer loyalty, convert their transactional sales business into a recurring and automated sale, multiplying by 7 the value of their company.
Source: compartiendoconocimiento.elmundo.es – eleconomista.es/next-generation/noticias – https://www.elperiodico.com/es/economia – Nubeprint